St Pierre Cathedral, Geneva

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For panoramic views over the city and its lake, climb the northern tower of St Pierre Cathedral. Known mostly as the adopted home church of John Calvin (one of the leaders of the Protestant Reformation), the cathedral dates back to the 12th century, its architecture an eclectic mix of styles. The archaeological site beneath the cathedral, excavated over the last few years, reveals the city's rich history and explores the origins of Christianity in this part of Europe. Take the underground passage connecting the cathedral to the adjacent museum, dedicated to presenting the historical significance of the Reformation. Audio guides are available in English, German, and French. If you'd prefer a guided tour, check the website, where you'll also find information about upcoming live organ performances. Plan to visit St Pierre Cathedral and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Geneva attractions using our Geneva day trip tool .
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  • August 20, 2017
    After the Museum we have decide to browse the towers of the Cathedral with a very affordable price. Very few people Sunday so very nice to take the time to admire the view to do!
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  • August 20, 2017
    Very dark and relevant history for the inclination of the Protestant religion, makes it clear that always excess does not lead to anything good, but the architecture is great and art of stained glass. There are archaeological site that I could not see
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  • August 19, 2017
    A Protestant cathedral while sober. The organ is immense. However, the chapel of the macabbees is very pretty.
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  • July 28, 2017
    This is a must visit. The cathedral is such a piece of beautiful architecture, one cannot help to admire and notice the details and all the fabulous stain glasses. On top of it, one can pay a small fee and go up to the top of the towers and see the city and the lake, 360 degrees. What fantastic views!
  • June 4, 2017
    Don't bother coming if you have a baby or handicap. The access is non existent. Go enjoy another city. If you make it here you'll realize what a waste it is. Switzerland has much more to offer. This country is beautiful, but Geneva is really lacking!
  • July 28, 2017
    Magnificent grand church. So much history happened here. Beautiful architecture. View from the tower is incredible, and a must see in Geneva.
  • August 23, 2017
    Beautiful building; you see four different styles of architecture just walking around it. Must-see!
  • August 17, 2017
    Famous historical cathedral. You can pay €5 to climb up the towers for your obligatory photo ops.

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In the elegant city of Geneva, a little shuteye doesn't come cheap. A number of relatively expensive hotels surround the lakefront, a prime location for visitors here; note that these tend to fill up for conferences and trade shows, so plan accordingly. More budget-minded travelers can look into options closer to the airport, which is a quick 15-minute ride on public transport into the city. While there a very few family-owned guesthouses and hotels, there are a handful of hostels--though these too are priced pretty steep. You can also find more affordable options in the outlying cities of Annemasse and Gaillard.
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